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Have cruised NCL several times before with few problems. Wanted to see Australia and New Zealand. The ship lost one of its two engines in early December. NCL never informed us of this. I found out from on line reviews. It continued to sail on one engine. Our Jan 16 cruise had two ports dropped. NCL hoped to fix it in Singapore on Jan 22. They say they fixed it. Some 32 hours later, a loud boom, and we were back to one engine. Forty hours later, they finally told us and cancelled 3 more ports, 2 of them in Australia. When NCL offered crap as compensation, and the captain said that he appreciated our understanding, a protest and near riot erupted. A spokesman from "corporate" was going to meet us. A salesman from Sydney showed up. We were given "future cruise credits" as compensation for missing half of our ports. NCL management sucks! We arrived in Sydney on Feb 6, in time to start the second leg of our cruise, with 3 ports dropped.. The Norwegian Star is probably the worst ship in the cruise business. It has a long list of failures.

Slow boat to nowhere

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by ernie4142

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Have cruised NCL several times before with few problems. Wanted to see Australia and New Zealand.

The ship lost one of its two engines in early December. NCL never informed us of this. I found out from on line reviews. It continued to sail on one engine.

Our Jan 16 cruise had two ports dropped. NCL hoped to fix it in Singapore on Jan 22. They say they fixed it. Some 32 hours later, a loud boom, and we were back to one engine. Forty hours later, they finally told us and cancelled 3 more ports, 2 of them in Australia. When NCL offered crap as compensation, and the captain said that he appreciated our understanding, a protest and near riot erupted. A spokesman from "corporate" was going to meet us. A salesman from Sydney showed up. We were given "future cruise credits" as compensation for missing half of our ports. NCL management sucks!

We arrived in Sydney on Feb 6, in time to start the second leg of our cruise, with 3 ports dropped..

The Norwegian Star is probably the worst ship in the cruise business. It has a long list of failures.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11180
Good, decent size, comfortable. A full tub for showers
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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